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Google Buzz now available for BlackBerry, Symbian S60, Windows Mobile and WebOS

Google Buzz for mobile was launched in February this year as a web application available only for Android (version 2.0 or higher) and iPhone.

Starting now, Google Buzz has a new XHTML version that’s also compatible with pre-2.0 Android handsets (like the Motorola i1), BlackBerry, Symbian S60, Windows Mobile, and Palm’s WebOS.

BlackBerry users will even be able to enable location via their browser settings, this allowing them to find geo-tagged posts from nearby.

To access Google Buzz via your smartphone, you simply need to visit on your handset’s web browser.

Via Google Mobile Blog


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You’ll Have to Pay Another $5 For That Qik Video Calling Feature on the EVO 4G

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Those “features of the future” that are becoming possible with smartphones these days definitely aren’t going to be cheap. If some of you HTC EVO 4G owners were turned away by the extra $10 premium needed to even use the smartphone with Sprint, then you’ll be angered if you were planning to get the most out of that front-facing camera: Qik’s going to be charging an extra $5 for the luxury of using their two-way video chat feature.


AndroidGuys got their hands on an internal screenshot (which looks like an FAQ document) from their Sprint insider showing that $5 would be tacked onto your monthly expenses via PayPal (Engadget was able to confirm this with a clearer shot of that internal screen later on). It seems as though this decision was made (mostly) by Qik as the $5 premium is not being billed by Sprint.

All hope is not lost, though. Just yesterday Fring updated their mobile chat and voice calling application to include video calling for supported devices, and it was revealed by our friend Andrew Kameka that you could definitely use it to do two-way calling on Skype. It might be worth it to check that out if Qik just dropped to the bottom of your “must-have” list.

AT&T’s Samsung i897 (Galaxy S?) shows up in photos, could be the carrier’s third Andro id phone

Almost two month ago, some details about the Samsung SGH-i897 showed up on the Web, suggesting that the phone is a version of the Galaxy S i9000 made for AT&T.

The i897 has now appeared in photos, and while it looks a bit different than the Galaxy S, the folks over at AndroidGuys are reporting that the two handsets’ features are pretty much similar: 4 inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display, Android 2.1, 3.5mm headset jack, and 5MP camera.

It’s said that the i897 has a Snapdragon processor. However, I don’t see why Samsung would not include its own ARM Cortex A8 1GHz processor into the i897 (since this is already used for the Galaxy S).

Currently, AT&T sells only one Android smartphone (the Motorola BlackFlip), and it’s preparing to launch the second one, the Dell Aero. Will the Samsung i897 / Galaxy S be the third one? Let’s hope we’ll find out soon.

On a related note, T-Mobile USA will also launch a version of the Galaxy S – the Samsung T959 – probably in the next few months.


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Skype Mobile with video support coming to Android Market later this year?

Skype’s PR folks have been unusually loquacious today, as they’ve responded to a query about whether HTC’s EVO 4G would get a Skype client with a deep and meaningful forward-looking statement, underpinned by a promise of an Android app “for all consumers globally to download regardless of carriers.” This universally available addition to the Market should arrive “later this year,” but what’s important about it is that it’s preceded by a lengthy spiel about Skype’s ambition to “set the bar on mobile video calling,” which it also intends to do this year. Does this necessarily mean that Skype video calling is coming to Android in time for us to wish granny happy Hanukkah over video chat? No. Is it a well constructed insinuation to that effect? Hell yes. Read the full statement at the source, or find the juiciest excerpt after the break.

[Thanks, Jeremy]

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Skype Mobile with video support coming to Android Market later this year? originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 28 May 2010 06:39:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nokia X6 coming to South Korea in June

Nokia X6 will be launched in South Korea in early June, thus becoming Nokia’s third Symbian smartphone available to South Korean customers (after the Nokia 6210s and the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic).

Like the 5800, the X6 is a music-centric device with a 3.2, 360 x 640 pixels touchscreen display. The handset also features 3G, Wi-Fi, 3.5mm headset jack, 5MP autofocus camera with Carl Zeiss optics, and a battery that can provide up to 35 hours of music playback.

The Korean X6 seems to be a Comes With Music edition, which means buyers will be able to download songs via Nokia Music Store on their phone.

The Nokia X6 will be available in South Korea via KT, for 595,000 KRW (about $498). You can find out more here on KT Show’s website (in Korean).

Via Telecoms Korea


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Android 2.2 wastes no time getting hacked onto HTC Dream and Magic

Though we’re not even a wee bit shocked to see a “usable” version of Froyo already available to owners of the G1 / Dream and Magic, we’re definitely heartened to see that phones running 2008 specs can handily run a mid-2010 version of the platform. There’s plenty of stuff that doesn’t work yet — WiFi and GPS, just to name a couple of biggies — but we suspect that this is one dev community that won’t give up until everything is working to their satisfaction. Motivation to hang on to otherwise outdated hardware for a few more months, perhaps?

Android 2.2 wastes no time getting hacked onto HTC Dream and Magic originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 28 May 2010 00:50:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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SlingPlayer Mobile for Android Demoed on EVO 4G

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SlingPlayer for Android is currently in private beta, but unless you are one of the lucky few who are already testing out this home media streaming app we haven’t seen too much of how it will perform on Android handsets.

It looks like the Android version is also the quickest loading SlingPlayer app for a mobile device, launching and hooking into a live TV stream within 10 seconds. That’s pretty handy if you are a Slingbox owner who is just itching to get their favorite shows streamed to their Android phone. Hey, what would happen if you piggy-backed a Slingbox onto a Google TV box and streamed the result to your phone? Would it create a rift in the time-space continuum?